The Breedlove Collective tears it up on stage in Highlands

The Breedlove Collective performed at the Ugly Dog in Highlands, 294 S. 4th Street, on Friday. Lead singer and guitarist Jon Breedlove describes their music as a mixture of folk, blues, funk, classic rock and country. Breedlove said he gets the inspiration for songwriting from where he’s from, the mountains of Western North Carolina.

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Amanda Foster playing bass with The Breedlove Collective at The Ugly Dog on Friday.

“I get inspiration primarily from this area,” he said. “The scenery and life here is incredible.”

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Jon Breedlove on guitar and Victor Martin on drums at The Ugly Dog on Friday.

Other band members include Amanda Foster, bass; Victor Martin, drums; and Chaz Cannon on harmonica. Breedlove is a native of Cashiers and always enjoys coming up to Highlands to play a gig.

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“I love playing Highlands,” said Breedlove. “It’s always a great crowd, they’re very attentive. The people just dial in and listen to you.”

His mission when performing is simple, to leave the crowd happy and satisfied.

“When I’m up there I just lose myself and forget about everything,” said Breedlove. “Just get up there and bring performing goodness.”

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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